By Andrew Liszewski
Signostics, a self-described “pioneering medical device company” has just announced that their Signos Portable Ultrasound device has been approved by the FDA in the United States. Weighing in at just half a pound, the Signos not only makes it easy for smaller clinics and medical facilities to have access to an ultrasound machine, but it will also apparently retail “at a fraction of the cost of larger machines”, though specific pricing details have not been released just yet.
In addition to the handheld monitor with its touchscreen LCD display, the Signos also features a tethered sensor that can be switched between 3.5MHz or 7.5MHz for different applications simply by swapping out the screw on/off transducers on the tip. It also comes with a microSD card capable of storing somewhere in the neighborhood of 20,000 images which can be easily synced to a PC and further analyzed in the included SigViewer software.